Belgian teenagers seeking help for cannabis use

Increasing numbers of Belgian teenagers are seeking help for cannabis use, De Standaard reported on Monday.

According to a report by the Flemish Association of Addiction Treatment Centres Care (VVBV), in 2013 495 boys and 78 girls aged between 15 and 19 sought assistance over continued use of the drug. In addition, 36 children under the age of 15 also asked for help.
The report also found that more and more women are seeking help for heroin and cocaine use.
Counselling services are now been targeted at the young.
“Young men with a cannabis addiction used to be all in their twenties before they took the step to recovery. In recent years, more and more 15- to 19-year olds are added, and they became a separate group in health care,” said VVBV Chairman Dirk Vandevelde.
“Based on these figures, it is difficult to estimate whether it...

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